The Soviet Union: A Very Short Introduction

The Soviet Union: A Very Short Introduction

The Soviet Union: A Very Short Introduction

Stephen Lovell


The Soviet Union at its top occupied one 6th of the world's land mass, encompassed fifteen republics, and stretched throughout 11 diversified time zones. greater than two times the dimensions of the U.S., it used to be the nice danger of the chilly battle till it abruptly collapsed in 1991. Now, nearly two decades after the dissolution of this colossal empire, what are we to make of its life? used to be it a heroic scan, an unmitigated catastrophe, or a attainable if wrong reaction to the fashionable global? Taking a clean method of the examine of the Soviet Union, this Very brief Introduction blends political historical past with an research into Soviet society and tradition from 1917 to 1991. Stephen Lovell examines facets of patriotism, political violence, poverty, and beliefs, and gives solutions to a couple of the massive questions on the Soviet adventure. all through, the ebook takes a fresh thematic method of the background of the Soviet Union and it presents an updated attention of the Soviet Union's impression and what we now have learnt on the grounds that its end.

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